15 Best Christmas Side Dishes That Travel Well
Brussels Sprouts Gratin
"A great way to have Brussels sprouts with a little more flair," says Creative Caterer. "The cream takes away the bitterness you usually find in Brussels. This is a family favorite during the holidays!"
Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes
"You can make these ahead several days and store in the fridge," says Carol Evans. "If baking cold, let stand 30 minutes first."
Slow Cooker Green Beans
Seasoned green beans, pepper and onion mix, and bacon bits cook for just two or three hours in the slow cooker. "An easy way to make flavorful green beans with minimal effort," says JAYBUDDER. They'll taste even better after a night in the fridge.
Slow Cooker Creamed Corn with Onion and Chives
A great make-ahead side dish that also travels well. Corn simmers in a creamy bacon sauce. "This cream corn recipe was amazing!" says Tap tap. "It was a big hit for Thanksgiving and I plan to make it again for Christmas dinner."
Cranberry Sauce with Orange Juice, Honey, and Pears
"Cranberry sauce is sweetened with honey and pears for a wonderful variation on traditional cranberry sauce that goes well with turkey," says Magda. Great with ham or roast duck, too.
Best Green Bean Casserole
"This great variation of the traditional green bean casserole is topped with French fried onions and Cheddar cheese," says Jan.
Mascarpone Mashed Potatoes
"Not only is this a delicious alternative to regular mashed potato recipes, but it's a very user-friendly way to serve your potato side dish," says Chef John. "They're really decadent: not too rich, but just rich enough, and perfect for any special occasion."
Fancy Crusted Rosemary Scalloped Potatoes
"Slices of potatoes are layered around a baking dish to create a beautiful crust for these creamy rosemary potatoes," says Mackenzie Schieck.
Pecan and Apricot Sourdough Bread Stuffing
Crunchy, sweet, and a little bit sour, this all-purpose stuffing is terrific with pork, prime rib, roast turkey and chicken. "This savory stuffing is a little tangy and a little sweet," says Chef John. "And it's so easy to make that you won't have to wait for a holiday to enjoy this dish with your family."
Chipotle Garnet Yams
Chopped chipotle chiles in adobo sauce add spicy kick to this creamy sweet potatoes dish. "This dish is unique and amazingly wonderful," says LauraM. "What a great contrast of sweet and hot, soft and a nice texture with the chopped chiles. I will make this again and again!"
Chef John's Creamy Corn Pudding
"Corn pudding doesn't get the same attention as some other holiday side dishes, but it's a real crowd-pleaser that pairs perfectly with all your favorite special-occasion meats," says Chef John.
Cheese Grits Casserole
Cheery bright yellow cheesy grits feature rich flavor is perfect beside baked ham or roast beef for Christmas dinner. "Best grit casserole I have ever eaten," says Rose Witt James. "Made it with chicken broth."
Slow Cooker Green Bean Casserole
"This is a great version of a classic recipe! It's one of my favorite dishes for the holidays and I love that this makes so much," says KevinBerry7406. "The Parmesan cheese is a nice touch and doing this in the slow cooker frees up space in the oven for other yummy dishes!"
Portabella Mushroom Dressing
"I love the added flavor the Portabella and Shiitake Mushrooms give this dressing," says Tamara Furst. "It's a favorite!"
Sweet Potato Eggnog Casserole
So many delicious holiday flavors in a simple casserole -- sweet potatoes, eggnog, pecans, and holiday seasonings. "Just delicious, and so easy using the canned sweet potatoes," says PULLEYHEATHER. "Certainly one I'll make again."